Rolls Royce Defence Aerospace

Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air. The company has established a strong position in the global markets including: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine and Energy. Rolls-Royce today has a broad customer base comprising more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines.

Rolls-Royce Defence engages in the development, manufacture, marketing, and sale of helicopter engines, military aero engines – comprising of engines for combat jets, helicopters, transporters, trainers, tactical aircrafts, and unmanned aerial vehicles. It also provides marine propulsion systems consisting of automation and control systems, electrical power systems, diesel engines, gas turbines, gas engines, propulsions, ship lifts, stabilization and manoeuvring systems, and submarine equipment.

Another essential division in the Rolls-Royce Group offers aftermarket services, including engine support services, maintenance parts, helicopters services, financial services, training, technical publications, field shop services, spares and tools, technical support, repair, and overhaul services, as well as advice and re-engineering solutions.

Rolls-Royce is the number two military aero engine manufacturer worldwide - powering approximately 25% of the world's military fleet and is the number one military aero engine manufacturer in Europe.

In the current climate, defence budgets are under scrutiny - however there are still significant market opportunities in the airborne, fixed-wing and rotary sectors, including unmanned systems. With demand driven by geo-political tensions, market activity remains strong for Rolls-Royce and core defence budget spend will continue to underpin future performance.

Fuel costs are a significant element of spending by military operators and is the key driver prompting advances in the application of the latest propulsion technologies.

Rolls-Royce power for combat aircraft

Rolls-Royce are participating in two of the world's largest combat programmes, supplying hardware and technical expertise for both the Eurofighter Typhoon and Joint Strike Fighter F-35 aircraft.


Rolls-Royce has a 36% partner in EUROJET, the European engine consortium that produces the EJ200 - the power behind the Eurofighter Typhoon. Together with MTU Aero Engines, Italy's Avio and ITP of Spain, Rolls-Royce is engaged in design, development manufacturing and in-service support work for the EJ200.

Joint Strike Fighter

Rolls-Royce has also been involved in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme since its inception in 1996. The company worked closely with Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney during the Concept Demonstration Phase. Rolls-Royce provided all key short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) components.

Upon selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35 as the JSF aircraft in October 2001, Rolls-Royce was awarded a contract worth more than $1 billion to undertake development work on the STOVL system during the SDD phase of the programme.

Rolls-Royce also partnered with General Electric on the F136 propulsion system for the F-35, holding a 40% share in this programme. Rolls-Royce engineers in the US and UK are working on this programme, for which the company's technical responsibility covers;

  1. The three-stage fan
  2. Combustor
  3. High-pressure nozzle guide vanes
  4. Low-pressure turbine
  5. Gearbox

Rolls-Royce Engine Products for the following types of Vehicles:

  1. Combat Jets
  2. Helicopters
  3. Transporters
  4. Trainers
  5. Tactical Aircraft
  6. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Subsidiary Undertakings

These are the companies that are indirectly held by Rolls-Royce, and whose business is connected with Defence Aerospace:


  1. Rolls-Royce Defense Services Inc. - Repair and overhaul
  2. GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team - F136 development engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Programme

European Joint ventures

  1. Airtanker Holdings Limited - Strategic tanker aircraft PFI project
  2. Rolls-Royce Snecma Limited - Engine collaboration
  3. Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Limited - Adour and RTM322 engines collaboration
  4. Turbo-Union Limited - RB199 engine collaboration
  5. EPI Europrop International GmbH - A400M engine collaboration
  6. EUROJET Turbo GmbH - EJ200 engine collaboration
  7. MTU, Turbomeca, Rolls-Royce GmbH - MTR390 engine collaboration

Rolls Royce Defence Aerospace
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